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Russia Prepared for Conventional Arms Control Consultations With NATO

© AP Photo / Geert Vanden WijngaertNATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015.
NATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Russia is ready to step up consultations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), but is yet to hear from the Alliance, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged allies to "redouble efforts to modernize and strengthen the rule-book of European security" in an opinion article released on Thursday. He said NATO needs to "reflect today’s reality and re-engage Russia."

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"The Alliance and its members are well aware of our commitment to meaningful consultations on the new Conventional Arms Control in Europe, as soon as NATO demonstrates seriousness of purpose by submitting its proposals. But so far this has not happened," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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The ministry stressed that NATO was "unwilling" to link the New Conventional Arms Control with the 2011 Vienna Document on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures (CSBM), prompting interpretations that the CSBM regime may be "buried once and for all."

"The question arises: is this what NATO and its secretary general are seeking, speaking with such assessments and proposals," the ministry stressed.

Russia previously expressed readiness to discuss a new conventional arms control regime in Europe in a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon in April 2015.

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